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Where is German? The Global Imagination and the Location of Culture

Where is German? The Global Imagination and the Location of Culture
170 St. George St., JHB 100
Time: Apr 12th, 2:15 pm End: Apr 13th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), German (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Art (FAS), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900
Workshop featuring keynote speaker Alexander Honold, Professor of Modern German Literature, University of Basel

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present the 5th Annual German Studies Symposium:

Where is German? The Global Imagination and the Location of Culture

This workshop will explore the relationship between located culture and the global imagination in the context of German history and culture.  Imagining cultural location begs the question of geographical unity, asking how a shared culture can exist across fragmented and changing geographical territories, and into the age of globalization and digital media.

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Alexander Honold, Professor of Modern German Literature, University of Basel

12-13 April 2012

This event is free, but registration is required.  Please CLICK HERE to register.

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Workshop Program

Thursday, 12 April 2012

2:15 – 2:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Zilcosky (Chair, German Department, University of Toronto): Opening Remarks
Meric Gertler (Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto): Welcoming Remarks
Sabine Sparwasser (Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany), Welcoming Remarks
John Noyes (Organizer, German Department, University of Toronto): Where is German?

2:45 – 4:15
Session 1: Border Crossings and Subjectivity

Chair: Yasmin Aly (University of Toronto) 

Jaimey Fisher (University of California, Davis), Navigating the Boundaries of Germany: Borders, the Berlin School, and the Transnational Imaginary
John Kim (University of California, Riverside), The Living Dead: Kant, Tawada, Nothomb

4:15 – 4:30 Coffee

4:30 – 5:45
Keynote address: Postcolonial Switzerland

Alexander Honold (University of Basel)

6:30 Dinner for Conference Participants

Friday, 13 April 2012

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 – 10:30 Session 3: Austria and the European Periphery

Chair: Vasuki Shanmuganathan (University of Toronto)

Helga Mitterbauer (University of Alberta), Whispering from the Periphery. (Austrian) Culture within local, regional and global networks
Monika Shafi (University of Delaware), Location and Culture in Walter Kappacher’s Selina oder das andere Leben

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Anthropology, Climate and the Location of Community
Chair: Andrew Warren  (University of Toronto)

Sabine Wilke (University of Washington), Climate as Transaction between the Global Imaginary and the Location of Culture: Towards an Ecocritical Understanding of German Culture
Alain Patrice Nganang (State University of New York at Stony Brook), Colonialism, Anthropological films and “Kulturfilme”

12:30 – 1:30 Light lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Session 5: The Urban Landscape in Film
Chair: John Koster (University of Toronto) 

Angelica Fenner (University of Toronto), Rethinking Space and Place through the (Anti)Heimat Film: Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen
Aisha Jamal (Trent University), German Culture in the Age of Neoliberalism: Christian Petzold’s Yella

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Discussion

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